Category Archives: QOTD

QOTD: Napoleon on the Bankers

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When a government is dependent on bankers for money, they and not the leaders of government control the situation. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole obligation is gain.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte

After I read that, I thought about the US’s Federal Reserve System of banks, the Russia-Ukraine war, the US’s raging inflation problem, the World Economic Forum, Blackrock and Vanguard, income and wealth inequality, recent US shortages of infant formula and tampons, covidiocy, and predictions of basic food shortages and famine. Is it all masterminded by the banksters, to enrich them?

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Steve Parker, M.D.

QOTD: Vanderleun on Retirement Planning

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My personal long-term care plan is the penitentiary.  What’s yours?

Vanderleun

QOTD: The Hippocratic Oath on Abortion

From the National Library of Medicine:

I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asclepius, and Hygieia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses as my witnesses, that, according to my ability and judgement, I will keep this Oath and this contract: 

To hold him who taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents, to be a partner in life with him, and to fulfill his needs when required; to look upon his offspring as equals to my own siblings, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or contract; and that by the set rules, lectures, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to students bound by this contract and having sworn this Oath to the law of medicine, but to no others.

I will use those dietary regimens which will benefit my patients according to my greatest ability and judgement, and I will do no harm or injustice to them.

I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

In purity and according to divine law will I carry out my life and my art.

I will not use the knife, even upon those suffering from stones, but I will leave this to those who are trained in this craft.

Into whatever homes I go, I will enter them for the benefit of the sick, avoiding any voluntary act of impropriety or corruption, including the seduction of women or men, whether they are free men or slaves.

Whatever I see or hear in the lives of my patients, whether in connection with my professional practice or not, which ought not to be spoken of outside, I will keep secret, as considering all such things to be private.

So long as I maintain this Oath faithfully and without corruption, may it be granted to me to partake of life fully and the practice of my art, gaining the respect of all men for all time. However, should I transgress this Oath and violate it, may the opposite be my fate.


I bet you didn’t know that abortion was in there. By coincidence, I was telling my wife last night that the only thing I remember about my medical school graduation was putting on the vestments, that my parents were there, and it was in Oklahoma City. I doubt I took the Hippocratic Oath. I was in my agnostic phase then. And as a Christian now, I would never swear an oath to Apollo, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea. I’m not a good Christian, but I try.

Steve Parker, M.D.

QOTD: Heinlein on Censorship and Tyranny

h/t WRSA

QOTD: Mark Twain on Fooling People

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It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.

– Samuel Clemens

QOTD: Men and Women…Together

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“Yes, the kids are long gone, but we’re still together.”

Men offer women what other women can’t, and when they do it right, everyone is better off. Women at their best bring out the best in men. They — men, that is — are more inclined to behave themselves, to work harder, scrape off their rougher edges, and be more dependable. This extends into other arenas of social life, like being a good father, a reliable worker, and a helpful neighbor. Women get to have men around to be “the fathers” to the children that they cannot be, to share the burdens and joys of child-rearing, and, together, ease the chastening of old age.

-Stephen Paul Foster, July 1, 2021 (I’d link to the source but the website owner has blocked my IP address)

QOTD: Solzhenitsyn on Resistance

And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.

-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, author of The Gulag Archipelago and other books

QOTD: Wesbury and Stein on Capitalism Versus Socialism

After capitalism

…it’s not possible to analyze the economy these days without focusing heavily on what government is doing.  Between the Federal Reserve, fiscal policy, and COVID-related restrictions, little in our lives avoids governmental influences.

…Certainly government has grown, in sheer size, and also in power.  When the CDC, a health agency, can impose a moratorium on evictions (in violation of property-owners rights), the U.S. has moved a long way from its historic roots.  If, after passing $5 trillion in emergency pandemic spending, the government can be talking about $4.5 trillion more, we have entered new territory.

The history of the world has been a battle between two competing ideologies of how resources should be distributed: Capitalism and Socialism.

Capitalism distributes resources to the most productive use through markets and competition, while at the same time putting brakes on greed and selfishness.  In order to accumulate resources in a capitalist system, you must provide goods or services for which someone else is willing to pay.  If your cost of production is greater than what the market is willing to pay, you will not create much wealth.  Or, if a competitor can provide the equivalent or better for a lower price, you will lose market share and therefore your wealth.

As a result, while it may be true that some people in a capitalist system become extremely wealthy, they do it by creating goods or services that people want and in a way that competitors have a difficult time copying.

Under Socialism, on the other hand, politicians distribute resources.  They tax individuals who have been able to create income and wealth and then transfer those resources to their favored causes or group, often while shutting down competition.  Governments do not create wealth, they spend it.

Brian Wesbury and Robert Stein

QOTD: C.S. Lewis on Omnipotent Moral Busybodies

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.

h/t Bayou Renaissance Man

Einstein on Stupidity

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

Albert Einstein

https://www.unz.com/mwhitney/heres-why-you-should-skip-the-covid-vaccine/

I don’t know if he said that or not. But it’s LOL funny, regardless of the source.

Steve Parker, M.D.